motor vehicle

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motor vehicle (plural motor vehicles)

  1. Any land-based means of transportation in the form of a machine that operates primarily through a motor to provide power to rotate the tires.

Usage notes[edit]

By tradition, the term is idiomatically restricted to conveyances heavier than bicycles and scooters, despite that those might be motorized and might be considered vehicles; thus, a highway sign saying "motor vehicles only" forbids e-bikes but not motorcycles.